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Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad rejected allegations that his military had used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda."... 3/27/2015 1:40 PM

Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say
MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) -- Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.... 3/27/2015 1:36 PM

UN refugee agency condemns LRA's kidnapping of Congolese
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency is condemning the kidnapping of several Congolese refugees by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group.... 3/27/2015 1:34 PM

Nigerian military claim to destroy Boko Haram headquarters
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in northeastern Gwoza town and driven the insurgents from all three northeastern states that had been an extremist stronghold. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.... 3/27/2015 1:29 PM

Greek minister: government ready for 'rupture' in aid talks
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's alternate minister for international economic relations says his government is prepared for a "rupture" with the country's creditors if its current bailout negotiations don't go well.... 3/27/2015 1:29 PM

UK expands investigation of child sex abuse 'cover up'
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's police watchdog says it is expanding its probe into claims that police officers covered up allegations of child abuse.... 3/27/2015 1:27 PM

3 astronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.... 3/27/2015 1:22 PM

Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola.... 3/27/2015 1:19 PM

Iran says nuke talks focused despite Yemen crisis
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Iran's foreign minister sought Friday to dismiss concerns that his country's preoccupation with the crisis in Yemen could pre-empt attempts to find common ground at nuclear talks with six world powers, saying the negotiations remained focused on sealing a deal.... 3/27/2015 1:19 PM

European air authority to recommend 2 crew in cockpit
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Europe's aviation safety agency will recommend Friday that airlines across the continent always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft, according to Scandinavian authorities.... 3/27/2015 1:15 PM

Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote amid electoral violence
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy.... 3/27/2015 1:09 PM

Thai junta leader: I'll fight forced labor in fish industry
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.... 3/27/2015 12:56 PM

Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for unity after militia pullout
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's most revered Shiite cleric on Friday called for unity among the country's forces battling the Islamic State group after most of the Iran-backed Shiite militias pulled out of the offensive in the militant-held city of Tikrit in protest over U.S. airstrikes there.... 3/27/2015 12:44 PM

Russia denies it's in talks with Argentina on leasing jets
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian government official says Moscow hasn't held negotiations on leasing a dozen supersonic bombers to Argentina, but would be willing to consider it.... 3/27/2015 12:44 PM

Indian companies scramble to find women directors
NEW DELHI (AP) -- As Indian companies scramble to meet a deadline to appoint women to their boards, some wealthy business owners have a solution that meets the letter if not the intention of the law: appointing their wives.... 3/27/2015 12:42 PM

About 1,000 workers fired from South African power plant
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's state-owned power utility says that following an illegal strike about 1,000 construction workers have been fired, halting work at an already delayed but much needed power plant.... 3/27/2015 12:34 PM

Stocks recover their poise ahead of US economic data
LONDON (AP) -- Global stock markets on Friday recovered their poise after the previous day's losses when investors were spooked by the escalating conflict in Yemen. However, oil prices slipped back from Thursday's sizeable advance when traders worried about the conflict's impact on oil supplies.... 3/27/2015 12:31 PM

Thai airlines face scrutiny over safety, bans on new flights
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand is facing bans on new international flights and increased inspections after the International Civil Aviation Organization flagged significant concerns about the country's aviation safety, officials said Friday.... 3/27/2015 12:19 PM

Poland charges 2 Russian flight controllers in 2010 crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's military prosecutors said Friday they have charged two Russian flight controllers with contributing to the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other state officials and individuals.... 3/27/2015 12:15 PM

Technology to look inside Fukushima reactors faces challenge
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) -- The cutting-edge technology was billed as a way to decipher where exactly the morass of nuclear fuel might sit at the bottom of the Japanese power plant that went into multiple meltdowns four years ago.... 3/27/2015 12:13 PM

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